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Floods: Housing

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2008, Official Report, column 122W, on floods: housing, how many of the properties estimated to be at risk of flooding in each year are in each region. (244509)

Please find in the following table the estimated number of properties at the risk of flooding from rivers and the sea by Environment Agency Region.

Environment Agency Region

2004

2005

2006

Anglian Region

307,400

314,200

317,600

Midlands Region

214,300

222,300

222,400

North East Region

289,200

301,600

298,100

North West Region

204,600

210,000

210,900

South West Region

160,600

168,700

169,100

Southern Region

169,200

174,900

175,300

Thames Region

711,800

734,925

736,200

Environment Agency Wales

171,500

177,163

176,700

Total

2,228,600

2,303,788

2,306,300

The Environment Agency and DEFRA did not record properties by region before 2004.

The difference in the estimated number of properties at risk of flooding each year is mainly due to the improvements and refinements of the data and the modelling techniques used by the Environment Agency for the National Flood Risk Assessment.